If you’ve been following my last few posts, I’ve been sharing my recent adventures on becoming an artist.  I moved from the practice of becoming an artist to stepping a toe in the water to going balls to the wall, all in, owning my artist spirit and creating art for a restaurant installation.  After creating 22 new pieces within a week, I loaded my art in my car and pulled out my Stanley tool box and filled it with all the essential art supplies for the installation.  I reminisced of my first art showing at the Gold Bar Espresso Coffee Shop in May and how challenging it was because I didn’t know what I needed or how to install some of my art.  I learned so much from that lesson and this time, I loaded my tool kit and I was ready for anything!  I hit the road to drive from Napa, California to Tempe, Arizona where I would install the art.  With the assistance of Starbucks, Krispy Kreme and the finest old school techno beats of the 90’s, I arrived in Tempe at 2:30 a.m. at my sister’s home.  It was a rare rainy day in Tempe, so I didn’t want to leave the art in my car.  I quietly unloaded all 22 pieces, trying not to wake up my family.

After several hours of sleep, it was time for a mini photo shoot.  My sister-in-law transformed the dining room into a photo studio and took photos of all of my art for me. I felt so official.  My art was hanging on the wall and a professional was taking photos.  It was a good omen for the actual install in a few hours.

I loaded my sister’s SUV with all 22 pieces of my art and headed to the Orange Table restaurant in downtown Tempe.  I was met by the owners, Craig and Alissa Pierson and their daughter, Gianna.  I was excited the moment I stepped in the door – the energy of my art exactly matched the energy of the restaurant.  I was as close to star struck as you can imagine!

While Craig made me pancakes, I got the lay of the land to figure out how to best show case the restaurant and my art.  It was a family affair and the four of us played and created as we started to hang the art. Energetic music blasted in the background and gave us the ideal beat for our work.  I was on cloud nine!

Laughter flowed, pancakes were devoured, ladders led to scary heights and nails were hammered.   At the end of the day, my art covered the walls, the colors were passionate and carried a fun vibe that matched the restaurant.  I had created a special piece just for the restaurant and it was my gift to Craig and Alissa.  I had the idea one evening as I was laying in bed and decompressing.  I couldn’t wait to get up the next day to create it.  It was perfect.

Friends Welcome At The Table

I thought this sentiment perfectly captured the environment Craig and Alissa created at the Orange Table.

hanging art at the Orange Table

Craig showing off his art hanging skills

 

Craig having a moment of inspiration

Craig having a moment of inspiration, or is he getting ready to bust a move on the ledge?!

 

Craig's ever so trusted assistant and better half, Alissa

Craig’s ever so trusted assistant and better half, Alissa

Craig has mad art hanging skills!

Craig has mad art hanging skills!

An entire wall of Joan Jakel Art!

An entire wall of Joan Jakel Art!

Mixed Medium Collages in vibrant colors.

Mixed Medium Collages in vibrant colors.

 

The sun set as walls obtained some color

The wall directly across from this art is the same color as this piece.  It was a perfect reflection.

The wall directly across from this art is the same color as this piece. It was a perfect reflection.